2017 Star of Hope: Richard Grant
Richard Grant is the author of “Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta” about his move from New York city into a plantation home. With humor and keen insight, he observes what he calls “the most American part” of the USA. His experiences range from stepping into a fire ant bed to golf with Morgan Freeman, and he explores significant issues such as Quitman County school success, race relations and Parchman prison. The book has become a New York Times Best Seller and won the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.
This author, journalist and television host grew up in London, England, and now lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife and daughter who was born in Mississippi. He currently writes for Smithsonian magazine, New York Times, Garden & Gun, and several other publications.
The impulse to wander was the subject of his first book “American Nomads,” which won the Thomas Cook Travel Literature Award. For his second book, he traveled into a Mexican mountain range and wrote “God’s Middle Finger, Into The Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre”. His third book “Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa” chronicles his efforts to make the first descent of the Malagarasi River in Tanzania.
His other projects include the BBC documentary film “American Nomads,” hosted, narrated and written by Richard, and a consulting role in the multiple-award-winning documentary “Omo Child: The River and The Bush, about ending infanticide in Southern Ethiopia”.